This was the last beer that I had at Memphis Taproom, and what a beer to go out on.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From the Ultimate Box Set: ‘A fresh track, Track 10 began as a fresh Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with oodles of coffee and cacao nibs added shortly before packaging. Late in November of 2011, our head brewer asked about creating a Coffee and Cacoa Nib version of Serpent’s Stout for the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The beer was a hit with our fans. When we wrote up the syllabus for the Ultimate Box Set, we knew a version of this beer would be included. We waited until the very end of the release schedule to put this beer in a bottle so that the coffee and cacoa nibs really come through”
Random: I was never a fan of Meatloaf, even in “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left pronounced lacing on the glass. The body was a black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was intense. I picked up cocoa, espresso and some licorice with the normal roasted malts. The taste had similar notes of cocoa, roasted malts and licorice. Espresso came through at the end. The booze was present, but didn’t taste like 13.5% ABV. It had a thick, chewy body with low carbonation, which would make this a good sipper on a cold night. The finish was long with milk chocolate and roasted malts. This was a really good beer, but just needed a bit more for me to give it a perfect score. Regardless, this is most definitely worth a glass if you can find it.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0